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Simplify and accelerate development and testing of software and IT infrastructure with VMware Workstation
VMware Workstation is powerful virtual machine software for the desktop
VMware Workstation 4
More than 1.4 million users worldwide use VMware Workstation Virtual Machine software

VMware Workstation 4 is powerful Virtual Machine software for the technical professional. VMware Workstation 4 is the only virtual machine software for the desktop that runs on both Windows and Linux host VMware Workstation 4 provides better performance, stability, and functionality than any other desktop virtual machine software.

KEY BENEFITS
Optimized for the power user, VMware Workstation runs multiple operating systems -- including Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Novell NetWare -- simultaneously on a single PC in fully networked, portable virtual machines. VMware Workstation provides more choice, greater flexibility, and more powerful functionality than any other virtual machine software in the marketplace today.

Since its launch in 1999, VMware Workstation has revolutionised the way software and IT infrastructure is developed and has become the de facto standard for IT professionals and developers worldwide. If your business is looking to simplify and accelerate development and testing of software and IT infrastructure, VMware Workstation is essential. When you deploy VMware Workstation in your environment you will:

  • Shorten development cycles.
  • Increase hardware utilization.
  • Reduce problem resolution time.
  • Increase productivity.
  • Accelerate time-to-market.
  • Improve project quality.


KEY FEATURES

VMware Workstation can be used to streamline software development, testing, and deployment. VMware Workstation has revolutionised the way software and IT infrastructure is developed and deployed. You can build mission-critical Windows- and Linux-based applications, develop and test multi-tier applications on multiple operating systems simultaneously, and archive test environments on file servers and restore them quickly.

Ensure application compatibility and operating system migration. You can support legacy applications while migrating safely to a new operating system and test new operating systems prior to deployment. VMware Workstation creates a uniform platform for managing operating system and application updates.

Facilitate training and sales demos. VMware Workstation gives you the freedom to experiment with new applications or tools and lets you quickly restore your machine to a clean state for your next class. You can easily package and deploy classroom material. You can easily distribute and install demo software, and demo complex or multi-tier applications on a single laptop.

Improve software help desk and technical support.VMware Workstation lets you troubleshoot problems quickly and deliver quality customer service. You can replicate customer software configurations and instantly resume them for fast problem resolution.

With VMware Workstation you can:

  • Build complex networks - and develop, test, and deploy new applications - all on a single computer.
  • Leverage the portability of virtual machines to easily share development environments and pre-packaged operating system/application testing configurations without risk.
  • Add or change operating systems without repartitioning disks or rebooting.Add or change operating systems without repartitioning disks or rebooting.
  • Run new operating systems and legacy applications on one computer.


OTHER FEATURES

Key new features of VMware Workstation 4

Snapshots. VMware Workstation 4 lets you make point-in-time copy of the running system state, saved to disk, allowing the user to revert back to a previously saved state at any time.

Tab Between Virtual Machines. In the new intuitive Quick Switch mode, you can tab between virtual machines with a mouse click.

Drag and Drop and Shared Folders. Easily share files between guest and host virtual machines by a shared folder or drag and drop file icons between systems.

Full Debug Support. Programmers now have the full functionality of native program debugging within a virtual machine with support for both user- and kernel-level debuggers. This is an incredible achievement, proving that this fourth-generation virtual machine technology successfully incorporates the full functionality of a real, physical PC into virtual machines -- from CPU, up through disks, displays, keyboards and mice -- all done via software with no hardware.

Improved Sound and Video. Listen to music in a virtual machine with high fidelity with new support for a new industry-standard SoundBlaster device. Get upgraded high performance graphics to display streaming video without skipping a beat.

New Operating System Support. Get the freedom to choose the operating systems and applications that work best for you. VMware Workstation 4 provides support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Red Hat 8.0, Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, SuSE 8.0, 8.1, Enterprise Server 8, Mandrake 9.0.

New Linux User Interface. The Linux user interface is completely refreshed and updated and is now as functional as the Windows edition of VMware Workstation.

Usage Scenarios and Benefits

Software development, testing, and deployment

  • Create multiple development and testing environments on a single system
  • Build mission-critical Windows- and/or Linux-based applications
  • Archive test environments on file servers and restore them quickly
  • Accelerate development cycles
  • Improve project quality with more rigorous testing
  • Eliminate costly deployment and maintenance problems
  • Reduce hardware costs

Application compatibility and operating system migration

  • Support legacy applications while migrating safely to a new operating system
  • Test new operating systems in secure, clean virtual machines prior to deployment
  • Eliminate the need to port legacy applications
  • Complete complex OS migration projects on time and on budget
  • Capitalize on investment in hardware, software, institutional knowledge, real estate, and market share
  • Minimize end-user pain during transition

Training and sales demos

  • Ease the set-up and configuration of training workstations
  • Quickly restore to clean machine state for next class
  • Demo complex or multi-tier applications on a single laptop
  • Maximize use of existing hardware
  • Enhance quality of instruction
  • Eliminate software installation or compatibility problems

Software help desk and technical support

  • Develop and store customer configurations for easy access, rollback recovery, and test set-up
  • Replicate customer software configurations and instantly resume them
  • Resolve customer problems quickly, accurately
  • Reduce hardware and lab maintenance costs
  • Improve customer service


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DOCUMENTATION, WHITE PAPERS and OTHER FILES
VMware Workstation 4 user's manual
VMware Workstation 4 guest operating system installation guide

CUSTOMERS
VMware Releases New Version of GSX Server, 1500+ Enterprise Server Customers
Merrill Lynch Inks Deal With VMware: Deploying Virtual Machine Software in Production Environments and on 27,000+ Trader Desktops
Circuit City Consolidates Wintel Servers
Conseco Stops Server Proliferation Virtually
VMware Helps Lockheed Martin Space Operations Provide Low-Cost, Efficient Support to NASA

"We used to run one application per server, but now we can run several on every physical machine. That means we get much better server utilization and spend less on hardware."

Jack Corrie, Chief, CalPERS Information Technology Services Division

Citibank uses VMware Server software in over 800 retail branches worldwide. VMware virtual machines allow them to manage and deploy their retail applications more efficiently.

"VMware is based upon very impressive technology, but the most impressive thing about it is that it really works."

Sergey Brin, Co-Founder and President, Google

"Without VMware, migrating these machines would have taken months to years... With VMware, it took only hours, and our systems and configurations were preserved as-is."

Suraj Dalal, Senior Systems Engineer, Guardian Life

"VMware GSX Server is a highly effective solution to minimize hardware and infrastructure costs."

Nancy Patterson, Engineering Director, Johnson Space Center

"By embracing virtualization technology and standardizing on VMware, Merrill Lynch has seen a 40-50% cost savings."

John McKinley, CTO, Merrill Lynch

"We save on space, power, air-conditioning and maintenance. We were purchasing computers -- 300 at a time. That hardware gets to be obsolete; VMware doesn't."

Mike Linsenmayer, Symantec QA Director

Other customers include:
American Express, American Re-Insurance, BASF, Circuit City, Cisco, Conseco, Delta Airlines, Documentum, Donaldson, Eli Lilly Co., Federal Reserve Board, Florida Dept. of Transp., FTD, General Electric , HP, Heald Business College, Humana, IBM, Internal Revenue Service, International Truck, Interwoven, Intrawest, Jones New York, Kimberly Clark, Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, National Gypsum, National Security Agency, NetIQ, Office Depot, PACCAR, Qwest, Rational Software, Republic Mortgage Insurance Co., Sentry Insurance, Siebel, Symantec, Target, Tivoli, Tohoku Power, Toyota USA, TXU Business Systems, U.S. Army, U.S. Census Bureau, Verizon, VISA International, Whirlpool, Xerox Corp., Zurich Life

LICENSING
VMware Workstation 4 (for Windows Operating Systems) per workstation
VMware Workstation 4 (for Linux Systems) per workstation

MAINTENANCE
Annually-renewable Support and Subscription contracts are available.

HARDWARE/SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS
Note: VMware Workstation 4 is supported only on host processors and host operating systems running in 32-bit mode; processors and operating systems running in 64-bit mode are not supported

Host System Requirements
Virtual Machine (Guest) Specifications
Each VMware virtual machine created with Workstation 4 provides a software environment exposing virtual hardware, including: Processor
Intel Pentium II or later, or AMD Athlon or later, depending on host processor
Memory
Up to 1GB, depending on host memory
Maximum of 1GB total available for all virtual machines
IDE Drives
Up to four IDE devices
Hard disks can be virtual disks or physical disk devices
IDE virtual disks up to 128GB
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives
CD-ROM drives can be physical devices or ISO CD-ROM images
SCSI Devices
Up to seven devices
Hard disks can be virtual disks or physical disk devices
SCSI virtual disks up to 256GB
Generic SCSI support allows devices to be used without need for drivers in the host OS
Works with scanners, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, tape drives, and other SCSI devices
Graphics
VGA and SVGA support
Floppy Drives
Up to two 1.44MB floppy devices
Serial (COM) Ports
Up to four serial (COM) ports
Output to serial ports or host files
USB Ports
Up to two USB 1.1 controller ports
Supports devices including USB printers, scanners, PDAs, hard disk drives, memory card readers, and still digital cameras
Parallel (LPT) Ports
Up to two bidirectional parallel (LPT) ports
Keyboard and Mouse
104-key Windows enhanced keyboard
PS/2 mouse
Serial tablets supported
Ethernet Cards
Up to three virtual Ethernet cards
AMD PCnet-PCI II compatible
Sound
Sound output and input
Creative Sound Blaster Audio PCI compatible (MIDI sound and joysticks not supported)
BIOS
PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6-based BIOS with DMI version 2.2/SMBIOS support for compatibility with system management tools and agents

Virtual Networking System
Each physical host supports:
Nine virtual Ethernet switches (three reserved for bridged, host-only, and NAT networking)
Virtual NAT device
Virtual DHCP server
Virtual network adapter
Virtual network bridge with wireless and wired networking support
The virtual networking system supports popular protocols including TCP/IP and Microsoft Networking.

Host System Requirements
Note: VMware Workstation 4 is supported only on host processors and host operating systems running in 32-bit mode; processors and operating systems running in 64-bit mode are not supported.
PC Hardware
Standard PC; 500MHz or faster P6-class processor (recommended; 400MHz minimum)
Compatible processors include: Intel: Celeron, Pentium II, Pentium III, Pentium 4, Xeon (including "Prestonia"), AMD: Athlon, Athlon MP, Athlon XP, Duron, Opteron
Multiprocessor systems supported
Memory
Enough memory to run the host operating system, plus memory required for each guest operating system and for applications on the host and guest; see your guest operating system and application documentation for their memory requirements.
Minimum: 128MB (256MB recommended)
Display
Greater than 256-color (8-bit) display adapter required.
Linux hosts must have a video adapter supported by the XFree86 server to run guest operating systems in full screen mode.Disk Drives
100MB (for Windows hosts), 20MB (for Linux hosts) free space required for basic installation.
At least 1GB free disk space recommended for each guest operating system and the application software used with it; using a default setup, the actual disk space needs are approximately the same as those for installing and running the guest operating system and applications on a physical computer.
IDE or SCSI hard drives, CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives supported.
Local Area Networking
Any Ethernet controller supported by the host operating system.
Non-Ethernet networks supported using built-in network address translation (NAT) or using a combination of host-only networking plus routing software on the host operating system.

Supported Host Operating Systems
Windows Host Operating Systems
Windows Server 2003 Web Edition RC2
Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition RC2
Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition RC2
(Final versions of Windows Server 2003 are not yet available for testing)
Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 1
(listed Windows XP versions also supported with no service pack)
Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 1, 2 or 3,
Windows 2000 Server Service Pack 1, 2 or 3,
Windows 2000 Advanced Server Service Pack 1, 2 or 3
(listed Windows 2000 versions also supported with no service pack)
Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Service Pack 6a
Windows NT Server 4.0 Service Pack 6a
Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 6
(Caution: Do not install VMware Workstation on a Windows NT 4.0 Server system that is configured as a primary or backup domain controller.)
Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher required for Help system.

Linux Host Operating Systems
Supported distributions and kernels are listed below. VMware Workstation may not run on systems that do not meet these requirements.
Note: As newer Linux kernels and distributions are released, VMware modifies and tests its products for stability and reliability on those host platforms. Every effort is made to add support for new kernels and distributions in a timely manner, but until a kernel or distribution is added to the list below, its use with VMWare products is not supported.
Red Hat Linux Advanced Server 2.1 - stock 2.4.9-e3
Red Hat Linux 8.0 - stock 2.4.18
Red Hat Linux 7.3 - stock 2.4.18
Red Hat Linux 7.2 - stock 2.4.7-10, upgrade 2.4.9-7, upgrade 2.4.9-13, upgrade 2.4.9-21, upgrade 2.4.9-31
Red Hat Linux 7.1 - stock 2.4.2-2, upgrade 2.4.3-12
Red Hat Linux 7.0 - stock 2.2.16-22, upgrade 2.2.17-14
Mandrake Linux 9.0 - stock 2.4.19
Mandrake Linux 8.2 - stock 2.4.18-6mdk
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 - stock 2.4.19
SuSE Linux 8.1 - stock 2.4.19
SuSE Linux 8.0 - stock 2.4.18
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 - stock 2.4.7 and patch 2
SuSE Linux 7.3 - stock 2.4.10
(Platforms not listed above are not supported)

Supported Guest Operating Systems
The operating systems listed here have been tested in VMware Workstation 4 virtual machines and are officially supported. For notes on installing the most common guest operating systems, see the VMware Guest Operating System Installation Guide, available from the download area or in the documents section above.
Microsoft Windows
Windows Server 2003 Web Edition RC2
Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition RC2
Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition RC2
(Final versions of Windows Server 2003 are not yet available for testing)
Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 1
(listed Windows XP versions also supported with no service pack)
Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 1, 2 or 3,
Windows 2000 Server Service Pack 1, 2 or 3,
Windows 2000 Advanced Server Service Pack 1, 2 or 3
(listed Windows 2000 versions also supported with no service pack)
Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Service Pack 6a
Windows NT Server 4.0 Service Pack 6a
Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 6
Windows Me
Windows 98 and Windows 98 SE
Windows 95
Windows for Workgroups 3.11
Windows 3.1
Microsoft MS-DOS
MS-DOS 6.x
Linux
Red Hat Linux 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.0; Enterprise Linux AS
Mandrake Linux 8.2, 9.0
SuSE Linux 7.3, SLES 7, SLES 7 patch 2, 8.0, 8.1, SLES 8
Turbolinux Server 7.0, Server 8.0, Workstation 8.0
Novell Netware
NetWare 5.1, 6.0
FreeBSD
FreeBSD 4.0-4.6.2, 4.8

FAQ's
What is VMware Workstation 4?
VMware Workstation is powerful virtual machine software for the desktop. VMware Workstation runs multiple operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Novell NetWare, simultaneously on a single PC in fully networked, portable virtual machines. VMware Workstation is ideal for

  • Software development, testing, and deployment
  • Application compatibility and operating system migration
  • Training and sales demos
  • Software help desk and technical support

Who should buy VMware Workstation 4?
VMware Workstation 4 is a must-have for:

  • Software developers/development teams
  • Network application, client-server developers
  • Regular system programmers
  • Corporate application developers
  • Web application developers
  • Web services and .NET developers
  • QA testers/managers/directors
  • IT engineers/system administrators/system integrators
  • IT consultants/technical writers
  • Corporate trainers
  • Sales/marketing professionals
  • Call center/help desk/tech support engineers

How is VMware Workstation used?
More than 1.4 million users worldwide use VMware Workstation to:

Streamline software development, testing, and deployment. VMware Workstation has revolutionised the way software and IT infrastructure is developed and deployed. Software developers and QA/test engineers can set up a virtual hardware test lab using just a few machines with multiple operating systems or preset configurations. Software developers or test engineers can set up a complete client-server or Web-services environment - with a Web server, back-end application server, clients, all connected through network switches, IP addresses allocated through DHCP server -on a single PC with virtual machines and virtual networking.

Ensure application compatibility and operating system migration. IT professionals can provide support for legacy applications while migrating safely to a new operating system and test new operating systems prior to deployment. VMware Workstation creates a uniform platform for managing operating system and application updates.

Facilitate training and sales demos. VMware Workstation gives students the freedom to experiment with new applications or tools. With undoable disks, they can try "what if" scenarios without the worry of trashing the test system or having to rebuild it - virtual machines can be restored with a mouse click. Instructors/corporate trainers can create a library of pre-configured training environments, easily distribute them to students, and can quickly restore machines to a clean state for their next class. Sales and marketing professionals can distribute demo software without installation or compatibility problems and demo complex or multi-tier applications on a single laptop.

Improve software help desk and technical support. With VMware Workstation, Technical support can troubleshoot customer problems by cloning their computing environment to a virtual machine. Customer software configurations can be replicated and instantly resumed for fast problem resolution, helping technical support engineers deliver quality customer service.

What types of applications can I run with VMware Workstation?
VMware Workstation is the equivalent of a full PC, with full networking and devices - each virtual machine has its own CPU, memory, disks, I/O devices, etc. This allows you to run any application that runs on the supported guest operating systems, including:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Apache Web Server
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Kernel debuggers
  • Firewalls
  • VPN software

VMware Workstation is the ONLY virtual machine software for the desktop that runs on both Windows and Linux host operating systems. VMware Workstation offers the widest selection of supported host and guest operating systems of any virtualization technology... period.

In short, any application that will run on a standard PC will run inside a virtual machine on VMware Workstation.

Do I need to dual boot or repartition the disk?
No. VMware Workstation uses your computer's file system and creates files that map to a virtual machine's disk drives, so there is no need to create a partition for each operating system. Instead of dual booting, you can switch from one operating system to another with a click of your mouse.

How is each operating system installed?
Once you have installed VMware Workstation, you "configure" a virtual machine by assigning it memory, disk, ports, and networking. You then power on that virtual machine with the operating system install disk in your CD-ROM or floppy drive. The virtual machine will boot, and the operating system will start its normal install procedure.

Does VMware Workstation modify the host or guest operating systems?
No. Your host operating system environment treats VMware Workstation like an application. No modifications need to be made to the guest operating system when it is installed on a virtual machine. Applications on the guest operating system run exactly as they do on your host machine.

What are virtual disks?
Virtual disks are the disk partitions of virtual machines. They are stored as a file on the file system of your host operating system. One of the key features of VMware Workstation is encapsulation. This means that complete environments are contained in a single file, which can be copied, moved, and accessed quickly and easily. Since an entire disk partition is saved as a file, virtual disks are easy to back up, move, and copy.

How much can I store in a virtual disk?
You can create virtual SCSI disks as large as 256 GB and virtual IDE disks as large as 128GB.

What is the new Snapshot feature of VMware Workstation 4?
This new feature lets you take a snapshot of a virtual machine at any time and revert to that snapshot at any time. You can preserve the virtual machine just as it was when you took the snapshot - the state of the data on all the virtual machine's disks and whether the virtual machine was powered on, powered off, or suspended.

What kind of hardware do I need to run VMware Workstation 4?
Since VMware Workstation runs on Intel-based hardware, machines with Intel and AMD CPUs can run VMware Workstation 4. We recommend that you have a 500MHz or faster processor, 256MB of RAM, and at least 1GB of free disk space, depending on the operating system you want to install. For more details on recommended hardware, see the Linux and Windows product specifications. VMware Workstation 4 does not run on SPARC architectures.

Should I buy the Linux version or the Windows version of VMware Workstation?
If you use Linux more than Windows, buy the Linux version. If Windows NT or Windows 2000 is your main environment, buy the Windows version. Both work equally well, and VMware virtual machines are portable across the two versions.

 

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